AGO is launching an ambitious crowdfunding campaign to acquire Canada’s first Infinity Mirror Room artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama. Last spring, over 165,000 people were wowed by Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the AGO – the huge demand for tickets was unprecedented, crowds lined up around the block and the AGO extended its hours, but not everybody could participate in Kusama’s groundbreaking work. Inspired by the love for Kusama’s unique and immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms, the AGO wants to give everyone the opportunity to see her work in Toronto… for infinity.
The AGO has secured half the purchase price for an Infinity Mirror Room. The #InfinityAGO campaign invites Torontonians to donate the rest to ensure that current and future art lovers can experience Kusama’s extraordinary and innovative exploration of time and space. The acquisition would belong to the AGO and in turn, to the people of Toronto.
The Infinity Mirror Room the AGO is hoping to acquire has never before been exhibited in Canada. It would be the first Infinity Mirror Room acquired by a Canadian public art museum. As funds are raised, the AGO will unveil pieces of a photo of the Infinity Mirror Room. The Infinity Mirror Room’s name and image will be revealed when the #InfinityAGO campaign is complete. The AGO hopes to reach its crowdfunding goal of $1.3 million CAD within 30 days so that the work can be brought to Toronto as soon as possible.
The AGO is the first Canadian art museum to launch a crowdfunding campaign of this scale to acquire a contemporary artwork. Donors of $25 and higher will have a chance to see the Infinity Mirror Room at the AGO in spring 2019 before it opens to the public. Other benefits, from buttons to umbrellas and more, are available for larger donation amounts. Donors within the first five days of the campaign, Nov. 1 until Nov. 5 at 12 p.m. will be entered into a contest for a sleepover at the AGO with five friends, which includes early and exclusive access to the Infinity Mirror Room. All donations of $100 and up will receive a tax receipt.
The #InfinityAGO campaign launches online today at InfinityAGO.ca.